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[2] Xenophon says 1 that in the case of noble men, there is much that is worth recording even in what they say and do at their wine and in their sports, and he is right; and it is no less, but even more, worth while to observe carefully the decorum with which noble men speak and act in the midst of adversity. The city was holding a festival and was full of strangers; for the ‘gymnopaediae’ were in progress and choirs of boys were competing with one another in the theatre; then came the messengers of calamity from Leuctra.

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